, The CFP field is expanding in the near future. So naturally, it’s time to take a look into the past, at what could’ve been.,
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News that the College Football Playoff field is reportedly expanding to 12 teams — the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams — will great affect the collegiate landscape.
What’s more, the CFP’s 11-person Board of Managers, which voted unanimously on expansion, is encouraging commissioners to implement the new format as early as 2024, according to multiple reports.
Currently, four teams play in two semifinal games, which rotate among the New Year’s Six bowl games. The winner of each semifinal advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. In total, four teams play in three games under the current format, which has been the case since the CFP’s inception in 2014.
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Due to the four-team tournament layout, at least one Power 5 champion misses the playoffs each season. What’s more, a Group of 5 team had never been selected to the CFP until last season, when the American Athletic Conference‘s 13-1 Cincinnati Bearcats joined the field.
Needless to say, the current playoff model’s selection process has long been criticized.
That said, let’s take a look at what the CFP field could have looked liked over the past five years if a 12-team format were in play.
2022 CFP National Champion: Georgia
Which teams made the playoffs? Conference winnersAlabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC), Ohio State (Big Ten) and at-large Notre Dame
2021 CFP National Champion: Alabama
Which teams made the playoffs? Conference winners LSU (SEC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Clemson (ACC) and Oklahoma (Big 12)
2020 CFP National Champion: LSU
Which teams made the playoffs? Conference winners Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC) and Oklahoma (Big 12) and at-large Notre Dame
2019 CFP National Champion: Clemson
Which teams made the playoffs? Conference winners Clemson (ACC), Oklahoma (Big 12) and Georgia (SEC) and at-large Alabama
2018 CFP National Champion: Alabama
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